The Next Level & Vendor Collaborations

  • Props/Wardrobe Donations
    • For props and wardrobe, work with rental houses to eliminate unnecessary purchases and disposal. Think of wrap during prep, and line up schools, theatres or arts organizations to take donations of used sets and materials.

  • Vehicles
      • Inform vehicle vendors that you have a priority to have an environmentally friendly shoot, and ask if they have any vehicles or options that support your efforts. Rent solar assisted vehicles when available.

      • Enforce a strict "No Idling" policy at all times for all vehicles. In addition to creating unhealthy air quality and wasting fuel, in many jurisdictions idling a vehicle is against the law and you may be fined.

      • Request that the heating, AC and lights be turned off or down when trailers are unattended.

  • Construction & Disposal
      • Protect interior locations with corrugated cardboard made with postconsumer recycled content. When available, consider using reusable, cut-to-size, plastic mats.

      • Careful and creative planning can reduce set-related waste dramatically. Design and build with strike and wrap in mind. Set up all construction and shop spaces with detailed waste management systems, and make sure the waste hauler is tracking landfill waste versus recycling.

      If available, use eco-friendly materials:

      1. Use paints, sealants and lacquers that are low (or no) emission.

      2. Use adhesives, backings, etc., that are made from organic materials.

      3. Use alternative or renewable/sustainable building materials.

      4. Utilize alternatives to wood, such as steel scaffolding in lieu of wood platforms.

      5. Request that sets be built with FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) materials.

      6. Re-use materials where possible, and donate props, paints and other materials to organizations in need.

      7. Request Art & Scenic departments to avoid using polystyrene

      8. Look for water-based markers that have been approved by the Art and Creative Materials Institute (ACMI).

      9. Request that Wardrobe use environmentally friendly dry-cleaners, avoiding the chemical perchloroethylene (perc) at all times.

  • Food & Water
      • Use non-disposable plates, glasses, mugs and cutlery. If disposables are the only option, use plant-based biodegradables, and chlorine free products.

      • Properly stored food can be donated to local shelters and charities. The Good Samaritan Food Donation Act protects those who donate in good will. Partner with hunger relief organizations such as The Entertainment Industry Hunger Project,

      • Request that your caterer compost food waste.

      • Request a vegetarian option for all meals.

      • Where possible, shop for Craft Service at local farmer's markets.  Go to to search for one near you.

      • Look for the Fair Trade Certified label before purchasing imported food products.

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